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LUK, Inc. Opens Its North Pole Branch
The offices of Luk Inc. may very well be a satellite branch of the North Pole. As Santa Claus spends the next few weeks gathering the Christmas wishes of billions of children, so does Charisse Murphy and her fellow Luk colleagues. "As a society, we really hone in on Christmas, and as human services professionals, we know it's a tough season for people," said Murphy, a grants and development assistant with the Fitchburg nonprofit. "It's hard for people to deal with seeing all these commercials and catalogs and seeing things they want or need and are unable to afford." Read more!
Fitchburg's LUK, Inc. awarded 9/11 grant
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that Fitchburg's Luk, Inc. was awarded $500 from the Foundation's Community Spirit 9/11 mini-grant program. Matthew Hill, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Institute, nominated the organization for the award. The funds will be used to support the "Corduroy King" Scholarship which allows children with autism access to LUK's adaptive adventure-based program. Read More!
This article presents findings of a state-wide trauma informed child-welfare initiative with the goal of improving well-being, permanency and maltreatment outcomes for traumatized children. The Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP), funded by the Administration of Children and Families, Children’s Bureau was a multi-year project implementing trauma-informed care into child welfare service delivery. Read more!
LUK, Inc. Hosting CommUNITY Voices Event on April 10th in Recognition of National Crime Victims Rights’ Week
Central Community Health Partnership is Launched
To address a changing landscape for behavioral health providers as the state moves towards consolidated services for Medicaid recipients, the Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Alternatives Unlimited, LUK Crisis Center and Venture Community Services have successfully launched the Central Community Health Partnership (CCHP). The CCHP unites four premier human service organizations into one Community Partner (CP), serving thousands of MassHealth ACO and Managed Care members. Read more!
Bernier named VP at Central Community Health
Allison Bernier has been appointed vice president of Central Community Health Partnership, where she will lead a team of nurses, clinicians, care managers, recovery coaches and care coordinators who provide services to more than 8,000 people. Read more!
Honoring L'Ecuyer, helping others at Have a Heart Hockey Tournament
The Fitchburg Women's Hockey League is hosting the St. Valentine's Day Have a Heart Hockey Tournament at the Wallace Civic Center. Games began Friday and will run through Sunday. All proceeds will go to LUK, Inc. and the Shelley L'Ecuyer Scholarship Fund. LUK is a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of local individuals and communities. Read more!
LUK, Inc. Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
FITCHBURG, MA –LUK, Inc. has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Read more!
LUK, Inc. Invites You to the 5th Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala
“Last year’s Gala was a huge success, and allowed us to double our mentoring matches,” says Hilary Amedy, LUK’s Mentoring Program Coordinator. “We’re looking forward to our fifth – we have interesting items for auction, and we always have so much fun!” To wrap up January’s successful National Mentoring Month, LUK, Inc. is excited to invite you to celebrate the Fifth Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala on February 15, 2018. Auction items include a one-week stay in Costa Rica, a Boston sports package, wine-tastings, overnight stays, golf, and more! Read more!
LUK, Inc. Receives Over 600 Holiday Gifts from Community Partners
Every holiday season, LUK staff and volunteers come together to provide clients with gifts that they may not otherwise receive during this time. This year, the Giving Trees had wishes from over 600 youth and young adults involved in LUK services. Giving Trees were set up at many different locations throughout Central Massachusetts, and we are extremely grateful for the support of community members and staff who fulfilled holiday wishes for these individuals. Read more!
LUK Receives $86,974 Grant from HealthAlliance Hospital’s Doyle Community Fund to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
FITCHBURG – LUK, Inc., a community-based nonprofit agency dedicated to supporting individuals and families, including those facing substance use disorders, has received a generous $86,974 grant from HealthAlliance Hospital’s Doyle Community Fund to expand services that address the continuum of prevention, treatment, and recovery from opioid addiction. Read more!
LUK Receives 40 Bicycles from Symantec and Together We Rise
FITCHBURG – LUK, Inc., a community-based nonprofit agency dedicated to supporting individuals and families, has received a generous donation of 40 bicycles through a combined effort from Together We Rise and Symantec. These bicycles will be distributed to youth in LUK’s Foster Homes throughout Central Massachusetts. Read more!
Amid Budget Cuts, Central Massachusetts-Based LUK Mentoring Program Level-Funded for FY2018
Fitchburg – LUK Mentoring Program was spared a 5% cut from their FY18 Mentoring Matching Grant award last month. Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts, used private funds to close a gap of the state’s final FY18 budget cutting the Mentoring Matching Grants from $500,000 to $475,000. Through the use of private operational funds, MMP was able to close the funding gap. LUK Mentoring is one of 32 mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth to receive a Mentoring Matching Grant award for the FY2017-18 cycle. Read more!
LUK’s 4th Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala Raises $42,000!
In spite of a snow delay, LUK’s 4th Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala saw over 200 attendees and raised a record $42,000 for its youth mentoring program! A special thank you goes to Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg for accommodating the date change and supporting our event. The planning committee would also like to express our gratitude for the support of the LUK Board of Directors, the Mentoring Advisory Board, and LUK Staff. Read more!
LUK, Inc. Invites You to the 4th Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala
“Mentoring has been a huge part of my life and to see this event continue to grow each year is thrilling!” says Amanda Landry, Community Outreach Specialist at HealthAlliance Hospital and member of the Mentoring Advisory Board. “The 4th annual event will be a night full of fun, excitement, and youthful celebration for the great work by the LUK Mentoring program, the incredible volunteers and fantastic mentees. Join us to become a part of the fun!” Read more!
LUK Names Beth Barto New CEO
FITCHBURG – LUK, Inc., a nonprofit human services agency providing support for children and families since 1970, has recently announced that their nation-wide search for a Chief Executive Officer has come to a close, and is proud to announce Beth Barto, LMHC, as CEO. Read more!
21st running of United Way event offers a hand to those in need
Armed with little more than a gray T-shirt and a morning's worth of time, more than 600 volunteers traveled to various corners of northern Worcester County Friday to help those in need. This was the 21st year of the United Way's annual Day of Caring, which aided 59 local nonprofits this year with projects ranging from office work, general maintenance and landscaping. Read more!
Interns in LUK, getting 'real-world experience'
FITCHBURG -- Kiana Torres has known for years she wants to help others, but until this summer, the Fitchburg State University senior didn't realize how much work it takes. The psychology major is spending her last month of summer shadowing LUK Inc.'s occupational therapist, Becca Anderson, as she helps children and young adults deal with stress and anxiety in healthy physical and emotional ways. Read more!
LUK. Inc. Receives $5,000 Grant from Bank of America for Mentoring Program
LUK Mentoring is proud to be awarded a $5,000 grant from Bank of America to support mentoring activities in Central Massachusetts. For 12 years, the LUK Mentoring Program has been pairing positive adult role models with youth between the ages of 6 and 17 who would benefit from the presence of additional supportive adults in their lives. Read more!
LUK, Inc. Hosting Annual Day in the Park and 5K on Sunday, May 22nd!
LUK, Inc. is hosting its Annual Day in the Park to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month on Sunday, May 22nd, at Lake Quinsigamond Park in Worcester. The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm. Part of the celebration includes the 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk, and Stroll for Fun! The event is rain or shine, and the 5K course is flat and for all abilities. Read more!
50 Twin Cities youths attend Empowerment Summit
LEOMINSTER -- Local students learned a valuable lesson Saturday -- you create your own future. Nearly 50 students gathered at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to attend the annual Youth Empowerment Summit, organized by LUK Mentoring, the Boys & Girls Club and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D Early Jr.'s office. Read more!
LUK Gets Help from Local Lions, Sterilite
Youth in LUK’s residential services will feel a little more at home, thanks to Massachusetts District 33A Lions. For this year’s Services for Children project, Lions assembled Comfort Cartons – totes filled with a journal, colored pencils, earbuds, sensory items, a throw pillow and blanket, pillow cases, a towel set, and a stuffed lion. Read more!
Shelley L'Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Presentation
Four youth hockey players were awarded $250 scholarships to continue their hockey endeavors, through the generous financial support of the Fitchburg Women's Hockey League. The 2016 Michelle “Shelley” L’Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Awards are given to youth who have exemplified good sportsmanship through teamwork, fair play and pride, with respect for their school, opponents and officials. Read more!
Students Learn About Drugs In Online Chat
GARDNER It’s easy to tell adolescents that drugs and alcohol are bad news and to never experiment with them, but that message can be hollow without any backing. Kids are smart enough to ask questions and wants answers, which is why the Gardner Community Action Team led Gardner students in participating in a national “drug chat” day on Tuesday. Read more!
Now Playing: An End To Stigma
GARDNER The local effort to raise awareness for the state’s campaign to end the stigma against those struggling with substance abuse just became much more visible. Just a few months after many area leaders gathered at City Hall to declare Gardner a city without stigma, the Gardner Community Action Team unveiled its “State Without Stigma” poster at the Gardner Cinemas on Tuesday afternoon. Read more!
January is National Mentoring Month
January marks the 15th anniversary of National Mentoring Month. In order to celebrate, I felt that it would be appropriate to take a moment to reflect on how mentors positively affect our community, and what it means to have these role models involved in the lives of our youth. Read more!
We all can help end opioid epidemic
Just months ago, Alfred Rivera probably never dreamed he would be working on the front lines in the battle against the opioid epidemic. But that's exactly where the Fitchburg Public Library maintenance worker found himself Nov. 6 when he pulled into the McDonald's restaurant in Fitchburg's Cleghorn neighborhood. Read more!
$335,000 Grant For Mental Health Program
WORCESTER — Congressman Jim McGovern, D-2nd, recently applauded the news that Community Healthlink, the largest and most comprehensive provider of behavioral health and addiction services in central Massachusetts, has been awarded a three-year, $335,000 Project AWARE-Community grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the training of over 1,000 adults in Mental Health First Aid. Read more!
Fitchburg library worker uses Narcan to revive woman in local restaurant
FITCHBURG - When Alfred Rivera pulled into a local McDonald's on Friday, he just needed a bite to eat. Moments later, he was saving a woman's life. Read more!
LUK Inc. Promoting Red Ribbon Week
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We write to encourage schools, parents, community and faith groups to unite and take the Red Ribbon pledge to live a drug-free life. Read more!
$625,000 Grant to Fight Drugs
GARDNER The Gardner Community Action Team will receive a $625,000 federal grant to fund the community coalition’s efforts to curb substance abuse among youth. Read more!
LUK Runs High for Charity
FITCHBURG -- You might say the people who came to Destaré on Monday evening were quite lucky. LUK, a nonprofit social-service agency, celebrated the Mentoring Program's participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids with a wrap-up fundraiser, said Hilary Amedy, the Mentoring Program coordinator. Read more!
Grant Supports Mental-Health Training on Area Campuses
FITCHBURG - In the wake of campus tragedies like the shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, youth mental health has become a focus of national attention.In Central Massachusetts, this focus has taken the form of mental health education for adults who might be able to help struggling youth.Read more!
Narcan Offers Hope
FITCHBURG - Linda Gravelle’s son, Jacob, died from a heroin overdose six years ago. “I’m trying to make a difference,” she said Wednesday night. Ms. Gravelle was one of a few people on hand for the Narcan training put on at the Fitchburg Community Health Connections Center by the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative. Read more!
A Night Out That Serves A Purpose
GARDNER When musician Zach Benton sang The Beatles’ “Come Together” at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out, it was not hard for the crowd to heed the advice of the song’s lyrics.
With ideal fall weather, free pizza and popcorn, face painting and a bouncy house to keep children from screaming or squabbling, community members had every reason to stick around. Read more!
LUK Gets Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation
FITCHBURG — This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded LUK, Inc. a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. Funds will be used to support The Learning Center, a supplemental educational program to assist youth in LUK’s Residential Services who are temporarily unable to access traditional education because of their out of home placement. Read more!
Event Battles Drugs, Crime
GARDNER - The upcoming National Night Out event hosted by the Gardner Community Action Team will be full of attractions and entertainment for a purpose. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Monument Park on Central Street. This is the third year the event has been held locally. Read more!
Beers for Good Makes Four Grants
FITCHBURG - Beers for Good made an $11,000 donation to four local nonprofits from the proceeds of hosting the Nashua River Brewers Festival. Civic Days and Red Raiders Lending Library each received $1,000, and LUK and Growing Places both received $4,500. Read more!
Gardner Night Out, festival start August with fun
GARDNER — If you have the summer doldrums, things will be getting busy during the first week in August. Read more!
National Night Out To Battle Crime, Drugs And Alcohol
GARDNER - Bringing the community together for a night of fun and education, the Gardner Community Action Team will host its third annual National Night Out next Tuesday. Read more!
Week by week, investment pays community dividends
FITCHBURG — Only halfway through Enterprise Bank’s “20 Weeks of Giving,” Community Banking Director Ken Ansin is already declaring the campaign a success. On May 1, Lowell-based Enterprise Bank began donating $1,000 each week to a deserving local nonprofit organization as part of their 20 Weeks of Giving campaign. Read more!
LUK Inc. receives $12K in funding
FITCHBURG — LUK Inc. will ramp up efforts to help runaway and homeless youth this year with $12,000 of funding from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. Read more!
Bigger. Better. Brewfest.
FITCHBURG — Thousands of beer lovers flocked to Riverfront Park on Saturday to raise their glasses for charity. The Nashua River Brewers Festival, in its seventh year, is a community event hosted by charitable organization Beers for Good and by the City of Fitchburg. Read more!
8 Worcester groups receive Harvard Pilgrim 9-11 grants
WORCESTER – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation's Community Spirit 9-11 Mini-Grant program has awarded grants to eight nonprofit organizations in Worcester. Read more!
LUK Receives Community Foundation Grant To Address Youth Homelessness in North Central Massachusetts
Thanks to a generous $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, LUK will provide training and technical assistance to build capacity within the communities of the North Central region to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth (RHY). Read more!
Community Foundation Gives Grants
Leominster — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts recently announced 30 grants, totaling nearly $500,000 from its general endowment funds and field of interest funds, during an event at Apple Hill Farm. Read more!
Clearing the Air: 83% of Gardner Youth Choose Not to Smoke
GARDNER - Smoking is no longer the norm. That’s the message Baby’s Breath Project of GVNA HealthCare and the Gardner Community Action Committee are hoping to impress on people through 1,000 stickers on pizza boxes.Read more!
Groups Partner Up to Present Scholarship to LHS Senior
The Leominster Community Action Team partnered with the Leominster Education Foundation’s School to Career Division to present a scholarship to Leominster High School senior Alexandra Stathas at the 16th Annual Youth Leadership Summit Read more!
Narcan Training Held at Leominster City Hall
Recently, a group of residents in Leominster attended a Narcan training held at in the Leominster City Hall auditorium. Read More!
Gardner Receives $100K Grant To Fight Drug Abuse
GARDNER - As the government continues to combat substance abuse, Gardner, in conjunction with LUK services, has received a $100,000 state grant to create a regional collaborative to address the issue. Read more!
Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation Awards $60,000
Gardner – The Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation recently awarded $60,000 in grants to seven local agencies. Read More!
What Works to End Youth Homelessness
The National Network for Youth (nn4y) featured LUK's Compass Project in it's March Policy Brief. Read more!
Have a Heart hockey tournament still reaching out into community
FITCHBURG -- In life, Shelley L'Ecuyer loved few things more than helping children and the game of hockey. And even after her unexpected and tragic passing in 2010, L'Ecuyer's passions live on with the St. Valentine's Day Have A Heart hockey tournament, celebrated with the culmination of its 11th annual edition on Sunday at the Wallace Civic Center. Read More!
LUK Hosts Mentoring Gala
REGION Justin Schwartz was a normal guy with a rocky childhood who just wanted to help kids in the same position as he was while growing up.
So when he heard about the LUK Mentoring program, which connects children in need with compassionate adults, “It lit a fire in my stomach.” Read More!
Breakfast and warm clothing at Knights to celebrate MLK Jr.
LEOMINSTER -- A group effort of local organizations and agencies used the celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Monday to provide a hot breakfast and warm clothing for many of the homeless families living in nearby hotels. Read More!
No place like a foster home for the holidays
FITCHBURG - I have been a foster and adoptive parent for over 11 years. In that time, my husband and I have raised three foster care daughters (older adolescents into their young adult years) and have adopted four younger children (one daughter and three sons between 2 and 9). I also serve as the CEO of a community based child welfare and social services agency in Central Massachusetts, LUK, Inc. Read More
Town uses $100K grant to target underage drug abuse
WESTMINSTER - The Board of Selectmen approved actions that would allow the Board of Health to accept a $100,000 grant to establish preemptive measures to reduce underage drinking and uderage druge abuse within the community. Read More
LUK, Inc. honors staff with Bert Tompkins Award
FITCHBURG - LUK, Inc. was honored to receive a trust fund by an anonymous donor (held with the Community Foundation of North Central MA) to honor LUK staff members that exhibit high professionalism and self-sacrifice in their work with area children, families and adults. Read More
Preventing youth suicide, a leading cause of death
PEPPERELL - Suicide is a relevant topic. It's the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
Community Health Network Area 9 awards more than $25K in mini-grants
FITCHBURG - Community Health Network Area 9 has announced mini-grants awards totaling $25,668 to 15 North Central Massachusetts community organizations. Read More
LUK's basket full of thanks
FITCHBURG- In the spirit of paying it forward, 50 families received Thanksgiving meal baskets in Central Massachusetts last year. Fifty more families will receive Thanksgiving baskets again this year. Read More
Anti-drug coalition marks first year
WESTMINSTER - Dozens of people from the substance abuse community met Tuesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Montachusett Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition and to reflect on the progress in the field. Read More...
LUK, Inc. awarded $200,000 for runaway & homeless youth program
FITCHBURG -- LUK Inc. has been awarded $200,000 through the Family and Youth Services Bureau through a Basic Center Program Grant. Read More...
Officers home to save lives
Police to carry Narcan with them to reverse drug overdoses
GARDNER - City police officers will soon have a new life-saving tool at their disposal when they are certified to carry and administer the drug Narcan. Read More...
Montachusett Public Health Network offers Narcan training
FITCHBURG — In the midst of a public health emergency involving suspected fatal heroin overdoses, an organization is offering two Narcan trainings free to the public. Read More...
Grants aid community missions
FITCHBURG -- Assisting homeless youths and families, feeding needy children and providing advocacy for child victims in the court system were among the missions of 23 local organizations that received nearly $293,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Thursday. Read More...
Social-service agency embraces suicide-prevention training
FITCHBURG -- Last month the social-service agency LUK Inc. in Fitchburg made a deal with Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Read more...
Leominster Credit Union Celebrates LUK Mentees Diversity Through the Lens
Leominster Credit Union honored Aidan, a mentee of LUK, Inc.’s Mentoring Program and participant in the “Diversity Through the Lens” project, by displaying his photographic work of art in their main office. Read more...
LUK Inc's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit Huge Success
LUK celebrated the 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit on Friday, April 18th at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster and it was another successful event with over 100 more youth in attendance than 2013’s event! Read more...
'Let Us Know' 15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit
The Boys and Girls Club in Leominster will host Let Us Know’s 15th annual Youth Leadership Summit on April 18 free to the public, with canned goods and other items being collected for local food drives. Read more...
Worcester youth homelessness effort on the financial rocks
Resources are being spread thin for the Compass Project, a collaborative effort that surveys and provides assistance to homeless and at-risk young people. Read more...
Several communities to follow Gardner's lead with 'drop box'
Gardner Police Chief Neil Erickson put a drop-box kiosk for residents to surrender prescription drugs inside the lobby of his police station nearly three years ago, and 10 other communities in North Central Massachusetts Read more...
LUK Inc and the Fitchburg Women’s Hockey League Celebrate 10th Annual Have a Heart Hockey Tournament!
|This year’s 10th Annual Have A Heart hockey tournament was enjoyed by over 330 players representing 28 women’s recreational hockey teams from throughout the New England region as well as family and friends. As part of the 3rd Annual Michelle “Shelley” L’Ecuyer Memorial Scholarship Four youth hockey players were awarded $250 scholarships by LUK’s CEO, Richard Hooks Wayman, on Sunday, 2/23 to continue their hockey endeavors, with the money generated by the Fitchburg Women's Hockey League. Read more...|
Fitchburg-area officials seek ways to treat opioid abuse
If local police officers were trained in administering Narcan, would they be able to better combat opiate overdoses? Read more...
LUK Inc First Annual Mentoring Gala Raises 15000
Thank you to everyone who donated, sponsored, volunteered, attended and all around supports our program in all the ways that you do. We could not have had such a fantastic 1st annual event without so many of you! Read more...
LUK to host first-ever Mentoring Gala benefit Feb. 12 in Leominster
For the past 11 years, the LUK Mentoring Program has been addressing this crucial missing aspect in the lives of young people as they recruit local residents, aged 18 or older, to act as mentors to these youths. By sharing high-quality activities and exposing the kids to new experiences, these mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce them to new ideas. The commitment isn't that burdensome, either: All the program asks is that the mentors volunteer one hour a week for one year. Read more...
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Leominster photo project on diversity helps kids see the world differently
LUK Inc. mentors and mentees explored "Diversity Through the Lens" Saturday, unveiling their exhibit of photographs of their interpretations of diversity. Read more...